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Blinded by the Beauty of Corfu

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Part one of a three part series on visiting Corfu

Arrival: The spring sun was setting brilliantly over the Ionian Sea as my six friends and I boarded our ferry in Igoumenitsa, Greece, and headed for the island of Corfu.

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We clambered up to the top deck, found spots on slatted wooden benches, and let the sea breezes and peaceful vista wash away the stress and tension of our recent driving adventure through the back country of Albania.

Arriving well after dark,we drove our unwieldy 9-passenger van along the narrow roads wending along the cliffs above the coastline, and found our home for the next few days, the Pantokrator Hotel in Barbati.

We couldn’t see much of anything so we just hauled our bags up to our rooms, collapsed into bed and slept like the dead.

The next morning we rubbed bleary eyes, opened our windows and couldn’t believe our eyes.

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What gorgeous place had we stumbled into? Surely this couldn’t be our 12 Euro a night hotel!

Vivid fuchsia bougainvillea tumbled over whitewashed walls, scrub-covered mountains towered up behind us, and the sea stretched out blue and hazy in the sunshine.

Exclaiming delightedly we hurriedly got ready and headed down to explore our new environs.

We strode down the hill admiring the profusion of blossoms everywhere, the pristine white of buildings and balconies, the trim little lanes that led from the hotel rooms down to the lobby, pool and dining room.

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We started our day with a fabulous brunch – included in the 12 Euro price – and eagerly dug into plates mounded with fresh fruit, pastries, eggs, sausages, Spanikopita, hearty breads, ripe tomatoes, hot coffee, and all manner of delicious options.

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Exhausted from the latest leg of our trip, we spent our first morning by the pool taking naps, reading books, soaking up sunshine and taking dips. It was a bright blue oasis of coolness in the baking heat, and the perfect start to our Greek adventure.

This is part one of a three part series on Krista’s travels to Corfu. Part two is about touring one of the defining visual features of the island, the Convent of Vlachernas. Part three is about visiting Mouse Island, the tiny island that rests just offshore.

About the author

I am a wood-burning artist, goat farmer, writer and photographer of all things food, travel, and lifestyle. Born in Canada, raised in the USA, and shaped by my European roots, I now live on a goat farm in Queensland, Australia with my husband, where I celebrate anything that leads to healing, thriving, and loving. For more visit: Rambling Tart

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  2. pronetonap

    I don’t know how much 12 euros is, but it sounds like you got a DEAL!

    Love the photo of the ferry-Love them ALL actually!

  3. Krista

    It’s about $15, pronetonap. 🙂 You’re right – it was an amazing deal!! 🙂

    So glad you like the photos. They make me smile too. 🙂

  4. Gourmantic

    For 12 euro a night, I wouldn’t want to leave! Cocktails by the pool and this is the life!

  5. Donna Lou

    I’m all shades of envious green 🙂

  6. Krista

    You said it, Gourmantic!! I want to be there right this very moment. 🙂

  7. Krista

    Well, dear Donna, I think the only sensible solution is to plan a trip together!! 🙂 Ryan may be moving to Greece so we could have a MARVELOUS time! 🙂

  8. Spiros from Corfu

    Looks wonderful. Great!!!

  9. Krista

    Thank you, Spiros! 🙂

  10. balisign

    When I see the photos.
    you make my stomach to be hungry.

  11. Krista

    Dear balisign – I’m so glad! 🙂 I hope you get to eat scrumptious food like this very soon. 🙂

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